The clouds have turned from white to grey, as if sullied by something. The storms and rain are not far away, soon we shall seek shelter from their wrath, but for now we must continue to traverse the planes until the time comes.
I can see people falling behind struggling to keep up with the pace of the group. My concerns fall on deaf ears, the elders must be relinquished, that is the will of the group.
Looking back I can see them slowly grinding to a halt… they know that they won’t survive once the storm hits, but they accept it willingly, gracefully and without question because that’s how it’s always been.
‘Dare I oppose these traditions?’
That is what I say to myself as I am surrounded by the mindless herd. The courage required to speak out is greater than I could ever imagine, but if something doesn’t change eventually someone I care about will be lost.
The traditions of the tribe have been held in such high regard long before I was ever born, but I know I need to make this change. I know I need to face the council and stare down the leaders… I know I must, even at the risk of banishment.
“Why does it have to be this way?”
I can see the eyes of the council members burning with rage, but still I persist.
“Can the strong not carry the weak to a safe haven, even if only to give them a chance to survive?”
“How can we just leave them?”
“What form of monsters are we to let our own kinsmen die like they meant nothing!”
A bellowing roar echoes from the strongest of us all;
“You dare oppose what has allowed us to survive for hundreds of years?”
“You ungrateful whelp.”
As I look on I can feel the eyes of each tribe member glaring at me. Each one more with a disappointing thought.
“What a fool.”
“He will be left behind too for his treason.”
“It’s the end for him now.”
Watching the Benevolent draw his sword meant only one thing, for all those who bore its wrath we guaranteed only one fate…
It seems now is the time to choose…
Die and be free of pain…
Fight on and suffer tides of change…
Live, fight and die for what is right!
Pierced Heart… I Lost.